And now, the Obama Criticism Flow Chart(tm)

September 18, 2009

It can be hard keeping track of what is and isn’t legitimate criticism of our President-Messiah*, so the kind folks at Missourah.com have made this handy-dandy flow chart so you, too, can keep track at home.

*(Does that make me look racist?)

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Little Green Footballs goes off the cliff

September 18, 2009

Not content to see fascists, racists, creationists, and whateverelse-ists behind every bush, the denizens of Charles Johnson’s (formerly enjoyable) Little Green Footballs are now resorting to planting bait at other blogs:

Apparently CJ’s moderator Kilgore Trout went over there last night and started posting racist stuff. To see, he said, if it would be cleaned up.

It wasn’t. Because both Allah and Ed were asleep. It being the middle of the night.

“There” being Hot Air. As the great philosopher once said, “WTF??”

Maybe Charles should ban himself.

Previously.

LINKS: Weasel Zippers. The Nose On Your Face has the explanation.


Good job, Sacramento!

September 18, 2009

The Los Angeles Times reports today that California’s unemployment rate has reached 12.2%, the highest it’s been in 60 years:

Despite signs an economic recovery has begun in the state, California’s unemployment rate inched up in August, once again setting a new postwar high at 12.2%.

The state is one of 14 in the nation with an unemployment rate in the double digits, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this morning. Only Michigan, Nevada and Rhode Island, at 15.2%, 13.2% and 12.8%, respectively, have higher unemployment rates than California. The national unemployment rate in August was 9.7%.

California has shed 741,000 jobs in the last year, and the state’s unemployment rate has climbed 4.6 percentage points from August 2008. The state’s July unemployment rate was 11.9%.

Economists predict that jobless figures will continue to rise for the rest of the year.

The highest since World War II. Next stop, the 1930s. That will give the Mandarins of the Golden Dome something to aim for.

Business cycles happen, but there’s no way this was made worse by sky-high state taxes, regulations that drive up the cost of business and then drive away businesses (and the jobs they create), unsupportable spending, and crazed borrowing that sucks money into a black hole of debt repayment, all brought to us by a legislature long-dominated by progressive Democrats.

Nope. Couldn’t be. Nothing to see here. Move along.


White House recruiting for ACORN?

September 18, 2009

Big Government continues their war on ACORN today by showing how the Federal government’s serve.gov web site is recruiting volunteers and paid canvassers for ACORN: Taxpayer Funded Serve.gov Filtering Activists to ACORN

The Obama Administration has placed a large premium on what it calls “national service.” It has launched a website, www.Serve.gov, that is reported to act as a clearing house for Americans eager to “give back” to their communities. Unfortunately, Americans looking for an opportunity to volunteer may get something they weren’t expecting.

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So after they assist you in procuring housing for your brothel of underage girls, ACORN can also assist you in skirting your taxes, in keeping with the law of probability.

Big Government’s Dana Loesch also points out that serve.gov is supervised by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which is deeply implicated in the simmering Inspectors-General scandals.

Given ACORN’s history of thuggery-for-hire, electoral corruption, and now suborning teen prostitution,  and bearing in mind the President’s close ties to the group, perhaps the White House should rethink which “opportunities” it promotes to eager volunteers.

LINKS: A Pennsylvania angle at The Jawa Report.


Booing Baucus

September 18, 2009

Poor Senator Baucus (D-MT). He’s worked hard  over the past several months to find a compromise between Republicans and Democrats regarding health care reform, finally giving up and issuing his own plan when he couldn’t convince moderate-to-liberal Republicans to go along. So, what does he get for his troubles? Booed at one of President Obama’s (many, many) rallies:

President Obama’s mention of Sen. Max Baucus’s healthcare proposal drew boos Thursday at a healthcare rally at the University of Maryland.

By contrast, the left-leaning crowd cheered Obama when he endorseed a public health insurance option, which is considered a core provision for liberal lawmakers but is absent from Baucus’s (D-Mont.) proposal.

The president’s speech in College Park, Md., was part of a return to campaign mode aimed at his attempts to drum up support for his embattled healthcare proposal.

I’d boo and hiss, too, but that’s because I think the whole idea of a federal-government takeover of health care (which is what even Baucus’ plan is a Trojan Horse for) is a terrible idea. Baucus tried to find a compromise, but wound up angering the President’s hard-core supporters, the left-wing that wants a public option – something the President himself called for in his recent speech to a joint session of Congress.

And therein lies Obama’s problem: if he doesn’t compromise somewhat, he won’t get that fig leaf of cover that votes from squish Republicans like Snowe and Collins would provide. But, if he insists on the public option, he’ll get no Republicans and surely lose many of the moderate to conservative Democrats (and perhaps some not-radical liberals) who are genuinely concerned about costs or who have heard their constituents’ anger and are worried about the next election. It’s amazing to see how paralyzed the Democrats are, given their hold on the presidency and their overwhelming control of both houses of Congress. In spite of all that, I’m beginning to think ObamaCare is itself on life-support.

Meanwhile, poor Max.

(via Memeorandum)

LINKS: For examples of the reactions on the Left, take a look at Firedoglake, Taylor Marsh, and Wonkette. On the Right, Derek Hunter points out that, unlike Obama, at least Baucus has a plan.

UPDATE: Kimberly Strassel in the Wall St. Journal argues that Baucus was used by the Administration, and is now to be thrown under the bus.